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IMTS 2016 Show Daily

Co-Located Shows Expand to Enhance IMTS

September 16, 2016 / , Assistant Editor Products Finishing

Already hosting more than 2,000 exhibitors in 1.3 million square feet of exhibit space, it’s hard to imagine IMTS getting any bigger. With the inclusion of five co-located shows, however, it has.

Industrial Automation North America was introduced to IMTS in 2012 and attracted thousands of visitors from around the globe interested in automation and motion technology. With this success under its belt, the show returned in 2014 alongside the debut of Motion Drive & Automation North America. Running parallel to IMTS, these shows expand the range of metalworking solutions, truly making IMTS the manufacturing industry’s most comprehensive event.

This year, three more shows join these two in the East Hall at McCormick Place—Surface Technology North America, ComVac North America and Industrial Supply North America—providing even more access to vendors, equipment and innovative applications.

All five shows are sponsored by Hannover Fairs USA, the U.S. subsidiary of Deutsche Messe, and mirror Hannover Messe, the world’s largest manufacturing exhibition of automation and motion control, based in Germany. According to Larry Turner, president and CEO of Hannover Fairs, this year’s fairs aim to carry the Hannover Messe 2016 theme of “integrated industry,” focusing on using technology to unite manufacturing operations and support Industry 4.0.

Industrial Automation North America Continues Growing

Industrial Automation North America has doubled in size since IMTS 2014 and this year returns with a focus on intelligent solutions and system integration. Featured topics include industrial IT as well as innovative developments in robot-assisted production and process, and building automation.

“It has established itself as the place to see the automation industry’s most innovative technologies,” Turner says.

Exhibitors are showcasing intelligent solutions in action. Phoenix Contact is presenting its recently released TC mGuard devices, which leverage cellular networks such as Verizon and AT&T to provide secure remote communications wherever a wired connection is not possible. Mitsubishi Electric is demonstrating connected factory automation products that provide a complete solution for bringing customers finished goods from a raw product. This demonstration includes movement between a manufacturing cell, warehousing cell and packaging cell without an operator, as well as information transmittal to upper management for planning. Rockwell Automation is showcasing how manufacturers can optimize their operations in a Connected Enterprise with dynamic displays for automotive and discrete manufacturing, including powertrain, integrated safety and motion, and remote monitoring.

Motion, Drive & Automation Doubles in Size

Motion, Drive & Automation North America also has doubled in size since its inauguration at IMTS 2014, and is highlighting the latest advances in electric and mechanical power transmission and control, as well as hydraulics and pneumatics. MDA covers topics ranging from linear drives, gears, motors and mechanical transmissions systems to bearings, vibration reduction solutions, and software for motion and drive devices. This year, the show builds off of these foundations with smart technology in mind. Like all of the co-located shows, MDA aims to promote the integration of software and equipment so manufacturers can optimize their operations.

In addition to process improvement through smart systems, Turner says, “MDA North America will offer the latest solutions to help manufacturers optimize their sourcing approach.”

Surface Technology Show Introduces Finishing Applications

New to IMTS 2016 is Surface Technology North America, covering the entire spectrum of industrial surface treatment and finishing, including pretreatment, coatings, paint finishes and electroplating.

According to Turner, “Surface Technology North America is a perfect complement to IMTS, because surface treatment is the next step in the manufacturing process after parts cleaning, especially in the metalworking industry where products need some final surface finishing process.”

Surface finishing is a sophisticated component of producing high-quality products, and this show fully completes the circle of manufacturing processes. Exhibitors from around the world are demonstrating best practices in coating processes with an emphasis on surface treatment and cleaning solutions in the automotive, mechanical, medical, metalworking, electronics and electrical engineering industries. The show hosts a German Pavilion supported by the German Ministry of Economics, where attendees can secure contacts with German surface treatment companies. Additionally, companies from Italy and France are exhibiting their innovative surface finishing solutions.

ComVac Debuts with Resources for Compressed Air Industry

Debuting this year, ComVac North America invites attendees to explore compressed air and vacuum operations and equipment from leading providers around the globe. The event highlights a range of industrial filters for compressors and vacuum pumps designed for reliability, safety, and energy efficiency.

The United States reportedly accounts for more than 10 percent of world trade in compressors, and compressed-air and vacuum technology, and in 2013, it was the second largest exporter in this sector after Germany. Additionally, the U.S., Canada and Central America are among the biggest importers of these technologies.

“Today’s compressed air industry is dedicated to reducing energy consumption and improving resource efficiency across the factory floor,” Turner says. “ComVac North America attendees can expect to find high-quality, cost-competitive compressed-air and vacuum technology solutions and equipment that meets their needs.”

Industrial Supply North America highlights subcontracting, including outsourced solutions for OEM and MRO applications, parts, components and systems, as well as lightweight construction.

Inaugural Industrial Supply Features Full Spectrum of Solutions

Industrial Supply North America covers the entire spectrum of industrial subcontracting and lightweight construction. The inaugural show features supply solutions and highlights topics in improved development, design and process. Attendees can expect equipment demonstrations, educational access and networking opportunities exclusive to industrial supply and subcontracting. Key themes at the show include new materials and lightweight design for components ranging from plastic to steel.

Turner says the Spanish Pavilion in this show includes six member companies demonstrating mold casting methods and materials expertise across different industrial segments.

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